Definition of dump in English:



  • 1A site for depositing rubbish.

    • ‘If you've been to the dump or bought rubbish bags lately you'll know about the costs associated with waste disposal.’
    • ‘Still, villagers persisted in using the site as their waste dump.’
    • ‘The shops were closed and, if there were no major sporting event happening, people just pottered in the garden, took rubbish to the dump or took a big nap to catch up on sleep missed during the week.’
    • ‘‘It was basically a rubbish dump, an eroded, neglected wasteland,’ he says.’
    • ‘Our gardens have been turned into rubbish dumps for discarded bottles, cans and crisp bags and it is disgraceful that extra police have to be employed on match days just to control the fans…’
    • ‘Travellers turned a beautiful strip of greenery into a rubbish dump before clearing off from an unofficial site, an irate resident has claimed.’
    • ‘At the site of a former dump, gem hunters can spy all kinds of brilliant, wave-polished beach glass.’
    • ‘A year or two ago a rubbish dump in Argentina saw the odd sight of jobless professionals combing the trash-heaps for food.’
    • ‘Look for instance at plants: vandalized trees send out new shoots, grass grows on rubbish dumps, flowers spring up in scrap yards.’
    • ‘Some harbour board members fear that it will be in the area of the Deep Water Quay, coming through the site of the old dump.’
    • ‘It added the poor tend to live in areas that are more prone to natural disasters such as flooding and landslides, or near heavily polluting factories, dumps and hazardous-waste sites.’
    • ‘He started when his son was very little, wandering around Victorian rubbish dumps looking for the ultimate antique lemonade bottle.’
    • ‘Mounds of rotting and stinking garbage lie uncollected in almost all parts of the city and it is common to find rubbish dumps blocking roads and broken pipes spewing raw sewer in townships.’
    • ‘However, it should not be used as a dump for other household rubbish.’
    • ‘Putting a halting site beside a dump was unfair in the first place.’
    • ‘Most of the taxis outside the entrance doors look as if they were salvaged from a rubbish dump, and the Air-Conditioning is usually long gone.’
    • ‘The owners of a pub and sandwich bar in the village both said they knew nothing about their refuse being deposited at the illegal dump.’
    • ‘The graveyard was buried by undergrowth for two centuries - added to by locals using the site as an unofficial dump, and few islanders knew the role the cemetery played in Barbadian history.’
    • ‘Right next to the Cahokia park, just behind where I took these photographs, is the most unseemly of sites, a garbage dump.’
    • ‘‘Councillors will have to reduce the charges on the dump and then the rubbish collector will reduce his charges to us,’ she said.’
    rubbish tip, rubbish dump, refuse dump, rubbish heap, refuse heap, tip, dumping ground, dustheap, slag heap, midden, dunghill, dung heap
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    1. 1.1A heap of rubbish left at a dump.
      • ‘The sons bring in some additional income, by looking for scrap metal on rubbish tips and scrap heaps or by digging coal from waste dumps and spoil heaps.’
    2. 1.2[usually with modifier]A place where a particular kind of waste, especially dangerous waste, is left.
      ‘a nuclear waste dump’
      • ‘He had argued with his boss that the managers of the European nuclear waste dump at La Hague in France should be warned, but he had been overruled.’
      • ‘A loony spider farm owner feeds his pets with crickets that have been contaminated in a nearby chemical waste dump.’
      • ‘Hear from the man who chaired the public meeting in Linton as well as the councillor who could well have Victoria's newest toxic waste dump in his shire.’
      • ‘Few know about the nuclear waste dump at 2229 Main Street.’
      • ‘Some MPs also support a nuclear waste dump in the State.’
      • ‘Are you in favour of a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory?’
      • ‘When a public inquiry was held into the licensing of a proposed nuclear waste dump at Sellafield, bordering the Irish Sea, Ireland protested and made representations at the inquiry.’
      • ‘Let me tell you, there's a reason that the mutant monsters in horror films generally come from one of two places, a nuclear waste dump or a sewer.’
      • ‘As it stands, there is no act that differentiates procedurally between mining in the Namib-Naukluft National Park and mining next to a toxic waste dump.’
      • ‘He raps in Tao about how angry his people are for having their homeland made into a nuclear waste dump.’
      • ‘This mentality is not endemic to Taiwan, of course; people in America, for example, don't want a nuclear waste dump near them either.’
      • ‘The federal government has been forced to abandon its six-year push to build a national nuclear waste dump near Woomera in South Australia.’
      • ‘It's taken more than a decade to locate a suitable site for the nuclear dump, and the Federal Government is not about to give it up.’
      • ‘Both the Labor Government and CLP Opposition last night agreed to fight any moves to locate a national nuclear waste dump here.’
      • ‘The County and Swindon Borough councils propose to go ahead with building the new Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office on a proven toxic waste dump in Chippenham.’
      • ‘Is it likely that Australia's going to need a high level waste dump as well?’
      • ‘The South Australian Government is a strong ally, supporting their campaign to stop the radioactive waste dump from being established in the State.’
      • ‘‘It's impossible to have a nuclear power station without having a nuclear waste dump,’ he said.’
      • ‘But the South Australian Parliament has already moved a Bill rejecting the facility as the first step towards a medium-level waste dump.’
      • ‘The evidence starts to look more and more like foul play when Charlie discovers an illegal toxic waste dump right by the lake.’
    3. 1.3A place where weapons and other military equipment is stored.
      ‘an ammunitions dump’
      • ‘After undertaking preliminary study, participants tour airfields, command posts, ammunition dumps, and battlefields where airpower played a role.’
      • ‘In 1975 a major air offensive, again involving RAF pilots, lasted six weeks destroying ammunition dumps and command and control centres, resupply convoys, gun emplacements and heavy artillery.’
      • ‘He added he would have needed four times more troops to search and secure all the ammo dumps he came across.’
      • ‘The plentiful numbers of highly explosive targets, like gas tanks and ammo dumps, are strategic elements of sabotage.’
      • ‘The conditions at the ammunition dump considerably worsened the scale of the disaster.’
      • ‘The tent was within 10 feet of the ammo dump, which was a trailer that had been lowered into a hole in the ground.’
      • ‘As a German possession during both world wars, it was an important naval base and munitions dump.’
      • ‘Those unguarded ammo dumps became the arsenals of insurgency.’
      • ‘Royal Marines sweeping the mountains have discovered a significant arms dump in a cave complex.’
      • ‘And so from that, they learned don't destroy dumps as you go, make sure explosive-ordinance disposal and the proper personnel can evaluate specifically what's at each site.’
      • ‘Military police had to stop them several times as ammunition dumps were blown to prevent capture.’
      • ‘Whenever we saw an anti-aircraft battery or munitions dump, we took it out.’
      • ‘It appears in retrospect that we simply did not have enough troops on the ground at that time to guard those ammunition dumps.’
      • ‘At one point, MacRoberts volunteers his men to undertake a dangerous commando mission behind German lines in order to destroy an ammunition dump and so slow German progress.’
      • ‘Over the coming fortnight, The Daily Telegraph will accompany the Paras as they seek to drive out the insurgents, discover their arms dumps and win over the population.’
      • ‘Why haven't the ammo dumps been blown up?’
      • ‘There are no rail or road nets to attack, no ammunition dumps to bomb, no bridges to knock out.’
      • ‘Their last rounds detonated a hidden munitions dump, shaking the entire fortress and hurling artillery shells over the walls, while burning rockets shot in all directions.’
      • ‘Captured Allied dumps certainly provided supplies in enormous quantities, but it was only too tempting for the exhausted and hungry German troops to pause and enjoy them.’
      • ‘Details of the locations of munitions dump sites are readily available.’
  • 2informal An unpleasant or dreary place.

    ‘why are you living in a dump like this?’
    • ‘Someday, she'd own her own store but until then she was stuck working in this dump.’
    • ‘They're an integral part, without it we'd live in a dump.’
    • ‘I work at the local nightclub, the money's not great, but then nether is this, living in a dump, alone with my memories and emotions.’
    • ‘Ricky was the manager, or boss, of this dump of a convenient store.’
    • ‘I refrain from saying anything but I'm surprised anyone could be protective of this dump.’
    • ‘In 1988, he talks his parents into renting an apartment next to his dump on 6th Street by arguing, Hey, this way you can learn Manhattan.’
    • ‘Retain a local real estate expert to find them housing - somebody who you trust will only show them nice apartments, not ratty dumps, and pay all the broker fees.’
    hovel, shack, slum, shanty, mess
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  • 3Computing
    An act of copying stored data to a different location, performed typically as a protection against loss.

    • ‘Attempts to track keystrokes and transfer graphics buffer memory contents are bypassed, he said, and it will be a lot more difficult to find critical data from main memory dumps.’
    • ‘Sure, they don't do physical memory dumps (and as such don't allow you do undo things that were only performed in memory in the first place), but that's what Hibernate is for.’
    • ‘Are either of these devices what you really need for data dumps from one PC to another?’
    • ‘You should be able to do a dump and load for the SQL database.’
    • ‘The idea is that eventually we'll max out the AI's storage space, forcing it to do a memory dump.’
    1. 3.1A printout or list of the contents of a computer's memory, occurring typically after a system failure.
      • ‘Trouble is, the raw dump consists entirely of memory addresses.’
      • ‘We say it'll take two weeks, then get the temp to just copy the asset numbers over from a dump I'll grab out of the asset database.’
      • ‘It is worth noting that IMAP is a text-based protocol, so a simple ASCII dump of the packet contents is an appropriate way to show them.’
      • ‘Instead of file system dumps, this data set contained specific file system information such as changed files, inode information, and important log files.’
  • 4informal An act of defecation.

    • ‘They stage stunts in which, in but one example, they take a dump in a toilet on display in a hardware store.’
    • ‘Why not just set up a statue of a golden calf taking a dump on a reel of film in the middle of Hollywood and be done with it?’
    • ‘I sure don't want to lug my computer into the bathroom while I take a dump and read…’
    • ‘Probably not, considering I saw her taking a dump on the sidewalk the other day.’
    • ‘Or is that just for us regular folk who don't drink champagne for breakfast and take dumps on solid gold toilets?’


  • 1Deposit or dispose of (rubbish, waste, or unwanted material), typically in a careless or hurried way.

    ‘trucks dumped 1,900 tons of refuse here’
    • ‘Construction waste is dumped illegally because it costs money to dispose of building rubble and obtaining a permit to deposit clay and topsoil on a site is a two-month process.’
    • ‘It is illegal to dump any waste material at sea and all vessels will have to log and land their waste on returning from sea.’
    • ‘The previous inspections found both boats were dumping sewage, food waste and untreated water into the ocean.’
    • ‘The roads and pavements here are used to dump debris and construction material, thus hindering pedestrians and vehicular movement.’
    • ‘Every time someone dumps their rubbish or unwanted furniture here, we have to sort it out.’
    • ‘The scheme requires people using a van or trailer to dump rubbish at household waste sites to pay for a permit.’
    • ‘Work is proceeding on clearing the open space in Oakridge Road used by the contractors to dump soil and waste during the building work.’
    • ‘Treaty signatories also undertake not to dump or allow other states to dump radioactive materials or wastes in the zone of coverage.’
    • ‘Some 252 fabric shops dumped their solid waste while 283 manufacturers disposed of their liquid waste into the river.’
    • ‘Because the settlement has no sewerage, residents dump water and wastes in the dirt streets.’
    • ‘All that is required is an artistic mind that finds unconventional uses for unwanted material dumped in scrap heaps, or abandoned in rubbish dumps.’
    • ‘Before the days of regular garbage pick up, farmers used to dump their unwanted junk in fields and ravines behind their barns.’
    • ‘Environment Agency officials visited the site after being told waste was dumped there and discovered rubbish being buried in a series of ‘cells’.’
    • ‘Two major directives on the removal of packaging and organic waste from material dumped into landfills are to be passed into law next year.’
    • ‘The system disposes of drill debris in a contained manner which meets more stringent environmental regulations that prevent companies dumping waste into the sea.’
    • ‘My wife and I are regular walkers in this area and continue to be amazed by the amount of rubbish and trash dumped by the ‘good’ residents of North Bedfordshire.’
    • ‘They are being used by many, but a lot more recyclable materials are being dumped or disposed of because of a lack of effort.’
    • ‘Red-faced environment chiefs today pledged there will be no repeat of the Hampshire scandal which saw tons of recyclable waste dumped in rubbish tips.’
    • ‘People have found places to dump their unwanted trash and garbage in places they deem ‘away’ in order to avoid paying tipping fees.’
    • ‘Infuriated residents watched on helplessly as lorry loads of human waste sludge was dumped within 40 metres of their homes last weekend.’
    dispose of, get rid of, throw away, throw out, discard, scrap, bin, jettison, cast aside, cast out, fling out, toss out
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    1. 1.1Abandon (something) hurriedly in order to make an escape.
      ‘the couple dumped the car and fled’
      • ‘It was dumped in a hotel car park two miles from the Eurostar railway station at Ashford.’
      • ‘The negative value of scrap metal means it costs owners to have their cars taken away so cars are dumped instead and the cost of scrapping them falls to the taxpayer.’
      • ‘Nationally, 310,000 cars were dumped and abandoned - up 37 per cent.’
      • ‘Let me go to you, Greg, on this issue of dumping the car, license plates found, abandoned in the field.’
      • ‘But pressure groups say that this could force motorists to dump their cars rather than face a bill.’
      • ‘They made their escape before dumping the car at Claire Road industrial estate in Kirby.’
      • ‘They are putting bags into the boots of cars and dumping them, under cover of darkness on the sides of roads, river banks or in derelict or unused areas.’
      • ‘The stolen goods would be cached and the vehicle would be dumped near the location where they had stolen it.’
      • ‘Just 20 lads are causing mayhem stealing hundreds of cars, tearing round estate roads and then dumping the vehicles on backstreets.’
      • ‘After the attack the men made off with the cash box in a stolen car before dumping their loot along with balaclavas, gloves and a screwdriver in a nearby park.’
      • ‘To mass large numbers of ground forces where he could dump chemical and biological weapons on it is not only unwise, it's criminal and it's stupid.’
      • ‘Smugglers who saw the warship sailing towards them dumped their illegal cargo and escaped back to Colombian waters after a Lynx helicopter from the vessel tracked them down.’
      • ‘After shaking off the owner of the van, who was unhurt but shocked, the thieves then dumped the car in Sible Hedingham and escaped in a blue truck.’
      • ‘He dragged her body from his car, dumping it in undergrowth where it would not immediately be discovered.’
    2. 1.2Put (something) down heavily or carelessly.
      ‘she dumped her knapsack on the floor’
      • ‘He nudged her, catching up with her as she broke away from the group to get her water supply from where she'd dumped her bag onto one of the nearby park benches.’
      • ‘But right then, a careless maid dumped a bucket of too-cold water into her tub.’
      • ‘‘Make yourselves comfortable,’ said Raphael as he dumped his bag carelessly on the sofa.’
      • ‘He walked over to the teacher's desk and dumped his books on it, plonked himself into the chair, and surveyed the class.’
      • ‘‘Um, yeah,’ she answered, dumping her books on her desk and dropping her backpack with a sigh of relief.’
      • ‘He dumped the food onto a plate and stuck it in the microwave.’
      • ‘Jackson had just dumped his bags on the floor, rather carelessly.’
      • ‘She dumped her bag next to her chair and plonked all her food on the table.’
      • ‘Immediately they both ripped open their first stick and dumped the sugar in their mouths.’
      • ‘Collette dumped her bag by her bed and dropped onto the sheets.’
      • ‘She walked over in a rush to her table, and dumped her bag heavily on the floor next to her.’
      • ‘She quickly shoved the cookie into the bag, and dumped the rest of them in there.’
      • ‘He dumped a heavy rucksack on the floor and stuck his hands into the pockets of his jeans.’
      • ‘With a squeal of pleasure, she fell upon the black sack and ripped it open, dumping the contents on the ground.’
      • ‘Carelessly, she dumped her lunch out, its contents spilling all across the floor.’
      • ‘He casually tipped the chair next to him where he had dumped the pieces of the pictures, and the pieces fell quietly onto the floor beneath the chair.’
      • ‘I parked the trolley and grabbed up the paper, dumping it unceremoniously on top of the counter, and started flicking through it.’
      • ‘She carelessly dumped her books and pens on the table and, aggravated, slumped into the expensive chair.’
      • ‘I dumped my bag on the floor and plunked myself on the bed, too tired to move.’
      • ‘James flung the magnum open and dumped the used casings, deftly replacing them with fresh rounds.’
      put down, lay down, set down, deposit, place, put, unload
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    3. 1.3informal Abandon or desert (someone)
      ‘Zoë was heartbroken when her boyfriend dumped her’
      • ‘The youngest daughter gets a boyfriend, he dumps her.’
      • ‘At least that's why my last two girlfriends dumped me.’
      • ‘You know, a little less than two weeks ago my biggest problem was that my girlfriend dumped me because she thought I was checking out some other girl.’
      • ‘It's really embarrassing, and I'm afraid my girlfriend will dump me if I keep this up.’
      • ‘He'd been really lax since his girlfriend dumped him.’
      • ‘But, her boyfriend dumped her before it and she's taking me instead.’
      • ‘My boyfriend dumped me about two weeks ago because ‘it wasn't working out.’’
      • ‘After your boyfriend dumps you to run off and join the Society of Friends, you may wish to banish or change your emotions before that big meeting about your promotion with the VP later today.’
      • ‘When her boyfriend dumps her, you are secretly delighted.’
      • ‘At around the same time, his long-term girlfriend dumped him and he had a traumatic first - and only - encounter with his sister.’
      • ‘We found out later this guy's girlfriend had just dumped him.’
      • ‘Her boyfriend had dumped her, the staff at the newspaper had bailed on her, yet still she managed to keep up appearances, as if nothing was wrong.’
      • ‘In no time flat, all of his friends leave him, his girlfriend dumps him, his belongings are repossessed, and his home is foreclosed.’
      • ‘I was jealous of my best friend, who had just dumped the girl I was falling for.’
      • ‘I guess he really does care about his girlfriend dumping him after all.’
      • ‘When my last boyfriend dumped me, I began this site; through this site, I met Alex.’
      • ‘Just don't pick it up after your girlfriend dumps you, or your dog dies - I won't be held responsible for the consequences.’
      • ‘When my college boyfriend dumped me it took me over a year to get right in the head over it.’
      • ‘I'm not going to fall for his charm just to get dumped a week later.’
      • ‘If my boyfriend dumps me, I'm only picking up a block of tofu if I can throw it at his head.’
      abandon, desert, leave, leave in the lurch, leave high and dry, turn one's back on, jilt, break up with, finish with, cast aside, throw over
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    4. 1.4Send (goods unsaleable in the home market) to a foreign market for sale at a low price.
      ‘these countries have been dumping cheap fertilizers on the UK market’
      • ‘But Japanese and American manufacturers charge both Korean companies with dumping D-Ram chips on the world market.’
      • ‘It has been well documented that the U.S. and the EU are dumping onto international markets on a wide scale.’
      • ‘The theory of international trade in imperfectly competitive markets suggests that dumping in the sense of international price discrimination should not be a matter of concern.’
      • ‘The administration said foreign countries have been dumping shrimp at deeply discounted prices.’
      • ‘They have their own justifications - such as the large-scale dumping of cheap steel on the US market in the wake of the Asian crisis.’
      • ‘With an increase in production of 20 per cent and no export during the months from March to June, all the produce is now being dumped in the local market.’
      • ‘They battled foreign producers that were dumping steel in the U.S. market at money-losing prices.’
      • ‘The sericulture sector in the country is on a revival after going through a tough phase of low production due to droughts and fall in prices on account of dumping of cheap silk from China.’
      • ‘Foreign firms would dump their products on the U.S. market to drive their U.S. competitors out of business.’
      • ‘Shelved product was getting dumped onto the market like toxic waste, and the big budget productions played it so safe that they wound up being less than garbage.’
      • ‘These foreign companies dump into the developing markets what actually is not doing well in their own home markets.’
      • ‘It says it's unfair to link them with foreign steel dumping, even their machinery was used to treat steel would it have to be retreat bid the time it made it to the United States.’
    5. 1.5informal Sell off (assets) rapidly.
      ‘investors dumped shares in scores of other consumer-goods firms’
      • ‘Reports claim investors dumped him because they were concerned over his desire to expand into jet services.’
      • ‘The extent to which investors have been dumping shares has reflected the depth of investor concern about future prospects.’
      • ‘Jittery investors dumped it as a result, sending its shares down 5.6 per cent.’
      • ‘Investors dumped the shares in August after it revealed a-close-to $20m revenue miss.’
      • ‘They will then stop trying to slowly leak dollar conversions and U.S. bond sales into the market and will rush to dump many of their dollar holdings all at once in an effort to beat the crowd.’
      • ‘It is certainly true that cost cutting across the company's operations and the dumping of non-performing assets is responsible for a major part of its profits.’
      • ‘Does that mean you should dump all of the large-cap funds and replace them with real estate and small-company investments?’
      • ‘And in the last half-hour of that day's trading, one institutional investor dumped more than one million shares.’
      • ‘Now, new research suggests insiders begin dumping stock over two years before a company's earnings fall.’
      • ‘He is their second biggest shareholder after them, and if he were to suddenly dump his shares the group's value would plummet.’
      • ‘Both companies had been trying to dump underperforming non-core assets to tidy up their portfolios.’
      • ‘They dumped those shares four years ago after what it calls a pattern of labor problems.’
      • ‘Investors, meanwhile, are reassessing their portfolios and dumping shares.’
      • ‘Automatic trading systems used by institutional investors began dumping stock when shares fell sharply on news of the blasts, creating an opportunity for other investors.’
      • ‘At a time when investors are dumping shares in some of Europe's biggest cable operators, the company boasts an enviable roster of backers.’
      • ‘Some critics complain that any such bailout would aggravate the market's decline by encouraging investors to dump even more losers.’
      • ‘Hence when a company is dropped a fund manager may be automatically required to dump the stock with a consequent negative impact on the share price.’
      • ‘Ignore if you will the obvious danger that insurance companies may soon be forced to start dumping shares into a falling market in order to maintain their solvency margins.’
      • ‘Any employee would have lost big by dumping his shares for, say, a balanced stock fund.’
      • ‘It dumped stock while it was telling the public to go grab some more.’
  • 2Computing
    Copy (stored data) to a different location, especially so as to protect against loss.

    • ‘After a set amount of time, if power is not yet restored, the system will dump data from the cache to the attached RAID systems.’
    • ‘It will do this automatically, and its data will be dumped onto a public website where anyone can access it.’
    • ‘Now's your chance to dump some of those really large cached files.’
    1. 2.1Print out or list the contents of (a store), especially after a system failure.
      • ‘The last parameters mean the filesystem should not be dumped and checked in the second order.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • dump on

    • Criticize or abuse (someone); treat badly.

      ‘you get dumped on just because of your name’
      • ‘It will become another way to divide Americans, another way to dump on huge swathes of this society, i.e., everyone who doesn't agree with them.’
      • ‘Anyway, I apologize if I was dumping on Comic Book Resources.’
      • ‘It's important to learn how to manage your moods so you don't dump on loved ones.’
      • ‘I just want to say one thing, Larry, about the stewardess who has been dumped on tonight.’
      • ‘We've all dumped on that guy, this guy in Buffalo, who will probably end up now in Eerie.’
      • ‘Many factors are totally beyond the control of an editor, and it probably doesn't help that the entire standup surfing culture dumps on bodyboarding as well.’
      • ‘Would you blatantly bash anyone the way you dump on yourself?’
      • ‘Irresponsible bishops are now much more likely to dump on their priests over flimsy accusations than to dump on victims for real ones.’
      • ‘If not, repeat your declaration each time they try to dump on you.’
      • ‘I don't want to dump on the book because I think the author made a sincere effort and because I think he did a better job than I'd have imagined from a guy who was so far removed from Jack.’
      disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, cast aspersions on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste
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Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse; related to Danish dumpe and Norwegian dumpa fall suddenly (the original sense in English); in later use partly imitative; compare with thump.